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Environmental Microbiology Cluster Hire — University of New Hampshire

Posted November 11, 2015

The College of Life Science and Agriculture (COLSA), home of the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station, at the University of New Hampshire invites applications for three tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level starting Fall 2016, to build additional strength in ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY.

Critical Zone Microbial Ecology

The CRITICAL ZONE MICROBIAL ECOLOGY position will be housed in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (NREN). The successful applicant will be expected to develop a strong, extramural research program aimed at understanding microorganisms and their activities in terrestrial and/or aquatic environments. Applicants that work at the soil-water interface are particularly encouraged to apply. This position is expected to contribute to existing research and faculty expertise in ecology, ecosystem science, biogeochemistry, agroecology, and water and soil resource management. Areas of interest include global change, nutrient cycling, carbon transformations and host-microbe interactions relevant to the soil-groundwater-surface water interface. Expertise in applying –omics and bioinformatic approaches to address ecological questions is expected. Additional expertise may include the application of synchrotron, spectroscopic, and/or isotopic-based methods to complement -omic approaches.

The primary responsibilities of this position will be the development of a productive and externally funded research program, effective mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students, and teaching within the Environmental Science program. Teaching responsibilities may include undergraduate courses in environmental microbiology, geomicrobiology, bioinformatics, and critical zone microbial ecology. Graduate level courses consistent with the expertise of the candidate and with departmental and college needs may also be developed.

Microbial Ecologist.

The MICROBIAL ECOLOGY will be housed in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences (MCBS). The successful applicant will be expected to develop a strong research program in microbial ecology or environmental microbiology. Areas of interest could involve microbial genomics, population genetics, evolution, ecology, host-microbe interactions, microbiomes and genome-based environmentally related fields. The position offers the opportunity to integrate and build upon UNH’s strengths in microbial genomics, host-microbe interactions and environmental microbiology. Graduate student training opportunities with departmental assistantship support are provided through affiliation with any of the MCBS administered graduate programs.

The primary responsibilities of this position will be the development of a productive and externally funded research program, effective mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students, and teaching within the department undergraduate and graduate programs. Teaching responsibilities may include undergraduate courses in one of the four undergraduate major programs under MCBS. Graduate level courses consistent with the expertise of the candidate and with departmental and college needs may also be developed.

Plant Pathology / Plant-Microbe Interactions.

The PLANT PATHOLOGY / PLANT-MICROBE INTERACTIONS position will be housed in the Department of Biological Sciences (DBS). The successful applicant will be expected to develop a strong research program in the biology, ecology, or epidemiology of plant pathogens and plant diseases of agricultural importance in New England, providing fundamental information needed to develop disease management strategies for environmentally and economically sustainable cropping systems. Potential foci could include biological/biorational approaches to disease management, symbiosis, rapid detection/diagnostics, crop biosecurity, and disease resistance, including ecological impacts and climate change relations. The candidate may use molecular approaches to elucidate the nature of molecular plant-microbe interactions and how they are affected by agricultural practices. However, we envision that the candidate will have a strong background and training in plant pathology, and will be able to teach advanced plant pathology courses. Strong ties are expected with faculty in areas such as plant breeding, genomics, evolution, and microbial ecology. The position offers the opportunity to integrate and build upon UNH’s strengths in sustainable agriculture and plant breeding, microbial genomics, host-microbe interactions, and environmental microbiology. Graduate student training opportunities with departmental assistantship support are provided through association with the DBS administered and affiliated graduate programs.

The primary responsibilities of this position will be the development of a productive and externally funded research program, effective mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students, and teaching within the departmental undergraduate and graduate programs. Teaching responsibilities may include courses in DBS undergraduate major programs. Graduate level courses consistent with the expertise of the candidate and with departmental and college needs may also be developed.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, Plant Pathology, or in a field closely aligned with the respective positions, the demonstrated potential to develop and lead a strong and productive research program, evidence of a clear commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching and training, as well as activities demonstrating a trajectory for national and international professional recognition and success. The ability to collaborate effectively with a broad range of environmental scientists is important. Postdoctoral experience, university or agency-based, is desired.


Information, including detailed position descriptions and complete application information is available at All applicants are required to apply online at The following application materials are required: 1) a cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) names, addresses, email, and phone number of four professional references, 4) statement of teaching interests and philosophy, 5) research statement,and 6) up to three representative publications. The candidate will be notified to seek permission before any references are contacted. Please identify the position for which you wish consideration. Review of applications will begin on 12/31 and will continue until the positions are filled.


The University of New Hampshire, located in Durham, is a Research-I, Land, Sea and Space Grant University that has been recognized both nationally and internationally for research and teaching excellence and a commitment to sustainability. The College of Life Sciences and Agriculture is organized into four interacting academic units and includes the state’s Agricultural Experiment Station. COLSA supports the diversity goals of UNH and that successful applicants can expect to work in an increasingly diverse academic environment. As an NSF ADVANCE institutional transformation grant recipient, the University strives to enhance the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women faculty and other underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines.


The University seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff, and students. The university prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged.

Chair Biological Sciences Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) invites applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences to begin Fall Semester 2016. This search is taking place during an exciting time of rapid growth for the department, and the successful candidate will play a major role in expanding the biology program in accordance with Missouri S&T’s Strategic Plan. Candidates must have a Ph.D. and be eligible for a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor; they must also provide evidence of their accomplishments in research, teaching, and administrative activities. The successful candidate should have a strong publication record and an active, externally funded research program in an area of biological sciences. He or she should have administrative experience at or above the program or department level, as well as experience conducting or fostering interdisciplinary research/education and mentoring students, staff, and faculty. The successful candidate will be expected to continue to develop our emerging partnerships with local healthcare and government organizations, and to support undergraduate and graduate education, including our growing teacher education programs. The ideal candidate should have experience in the planning and implementation of major infrastructure improvement and/or development.

The Department of Biological Sciences offers B.A. and B.S. degrees in Biology and an M.S. degree in Applied and Environmental Biology; the department anticipates further growth, including a Ph.D. program in Integrative Biosciences and Biotechnology. Missouri S&T, one of four campuses comprising the University of Missouri, enrolls approximately 6,300 undergraduates and 1,300 graduate students, and is among the top technological research universities in the country. Its 284-acre campus, about 90 minutes from the city of St. Louis, is situated amid the scenic rolling hills of Missouri. Additional information on the department and faculty research interests is available on the web at

Interested candidates should electronically submit an application consisting of a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, and complete information for three references to the Missouri University of Science and Technology's Human Resources Office at

The cover letter should discuss administrative experience, leadership philosophy, research achievements, future goals, and teaching experience. The three professional references should be sent to: Jessica Pelc ( Review of applications will begin December 1st.

Human Resource Services Reference Number:
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Reference # 17735
1870 Miner Circle
Rolla, MO 65409

Missouri S&T is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Females, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Tenure Track Assistant Professor Position in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics – Oklahoma State University

The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics is a dynamic center of discovery, innovation, and collaboration. We have 14 faculty members and approximately 30 graduate students and 250 undergraduate majors. Our multi-nationally funded research programs cover bacterial and eukaryotic systems, including microbial ecology, mechanisms of pathogenesis, eukaryotic developmental biology, and photobiology. Our research programs are supported by state-of-the-art core facilities for genomics and bioinformatics, mass spectroscopy, microscopy, protein analysis, and biophysical instrumentation.

We invite applications for a 9-month tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor. We seek outstanding candidates exploring systems biology, genomics, developmental biology, or pathogenesis. Scientists who use single cell biology-based approaches are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant is expected to develop a strong, externally funded research program and establish collaborations within the department. Excellent teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses is expected.

Application process:

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Microbiology or a closely related field. At least one year of post-doctoral research experience is required. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, statement of research plans (maximum 3 pages), statement of teaching interests and philosophy (maximum 2 pages), and a list of three references. The application package, compiled as a single pdf file, should be uploaded to the application portal at Please direct any academic inquiries to the search committee chair, Mostafa Elshahed (405-744-3005, For all other inquiries, please contact Sallie Robinson (405-744-7180,

Oklahoma State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/E- verify employer committed to diversity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. OSU is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans for its openings. OSU-Stillwater is a tobacco-free campus.

Postdoctoral fellow in environmental microbiology and engineering

A postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. PI Sebastian Behrens is looking for a highly motivated postdoc to work on a MnDrive-funded ( project aimed at the development of new pyrogenic carbon based sorption materials (biochars) for the removal of sulfate and heavy metals from mine waters. The pyrogenic carbon-derived sorption material will be studied with respect to its heavy metal and metal sulfide sorption properties and its effect on microbial sulfate reduction in batch and continuous flow reactors. Separation and regeneration of the adsorbent from complex matrixes as well as the potential recovery of valuable metals from the sorbent will be investigated.

The postdoc will be expected to collect and analyze field and laboratory data, prepare manuscripts for publication, share research findings at scientific conferences, and participate in outreach education. Specific tasks will include anaerobic cultivation, biogeochemical process rate measurements, microbial community analysis using DNA-based sequencing, and quantitative PCR. All applicants must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field. Expertise in some of the following areas is desired: microbiology, environmental engineering, microbial ecology, soil science, biogeochemistry, bioinformatics, and multivariate statistics. Competitive candidates will also possess the following attributes:

  • A strong publication record
  • Outstanding quantitative analytical skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience and skills with both field and lab work
  • Creativity, independence, and the desire to learn new things
  • Experience with the enrichment, isolation, and cultivation of anaerobic microorganisms
  • Experience with the construction and operation of bioreactors or flow columns
  • Experience with the analysis of high throughput sequencing data (bioinformatics and multivariate statistical analyses)

The position is for 12 months initially, and renewable for an additional 12 months depending on performance. The successful candidate will receive training in professional and personal development, research collaboration, presentation and publication of results, outreach, and mentoring. There will be opportunities for development of additional research projects and proposal development related to the broader project goals.

The employment will be arranged by the administration of the Biotechnology Institute at the University of Minnesota. The position includes a competitive salary and full benefits including health insurance. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. A near-term start date is sought.

Applications should include: (i) brief cover letter, (ii) curriculum vitae, (iii) a brief description of past research accomplishments and future research goals (under two pages), (iv) reprints of up to three relevant publications, and (v) the names and contact information for three references. All materials should be submitted as a single combined PDF to Sebastian Behrens ( with “Postdoc Application” in the subject line.

Any questions should also be directed to

Sebastian Behrens

University of Minnesota
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering
Civil Engineering Building, Room #244
500 Pillsbury Drive S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0116, USA
office phone: 612-626-8225

BioTechnology Institute
140 Gortner Labs
1479 Gortner Avenue
Office - Snyder Hall, Room #338
St. Paul, MN 55108-6106, USA
office phone: 612-624-8454

BioTechnology Institute:
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering:

Faculty Positions in Biodesign and Biocatalysis

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Breakthroughs in systems biology, computational biology, and synthetic biology coupled with advances in genomics and rational design have opened dramatic opportunities to develop next-generation plants and microbes for sustainable bioenergy production and other applications. Similarly, new approaches to the design of biological and catalysts promise low-cost, renewable, and sustainable production of biofuels and renewable chemicals. To promote scientific advances in these areas and as part of a commitment to improve and diversify how energy is provided for human needs, UW-Madison in association with the Wisconsin Energy Institute invites applications for new faculty of any rank to develop significant research programs in biodesign or biocatalysis. Applicants with experience or interest in cross-disciplinary research and collaboration as well as teaching and mentoring will be especially competitive. Madison itself is a diverse city with ready access to cultural activities, outdoor pursuits, and stimulating neighbors and colleagues.

Anticipated tenure and research program homes include:

  • Bacteriology
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • many other relevant UW departments

Applicants with a PhD and strong record of achievement should apply by sending a single pdf containing a cover letter referencing pvl 84066, a curriculum vitae with summary of research accomplishments, and a statement of future research program and teaching interests to Applicants should arrange for letters of recommendation from three references to be sent to the same address. For full consideration, applications should be submitted by Dec. 1, 2015.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Metabolic Engineering (2 positions)

Successful candidates will use metabolic engineering and synthetic biology tools to discover, integrate, evolve, and improve pathways and genes in engineered microbes for production of renewable fuels and chemicals from various biomass-derived intermediates including sugars, aromatic compounds, and other non-traditional substrates.

Fermentation and Strain Development for Advanced Biomanufacturing

Successful candidates will develop new fermentation processes with engineered microbes to produce high titers and yields of chemical intermediates from biomass-derived sugars and other non-traditional substrates. Chemostat, batch, and continuous operation of fermentation units will also be a major component of this position with the aim to produce more tolerant strains for realistic biomass-derived streams.

Polymer Engineering

Successful candidates will conduct polymer synthesis starting with novel biomass-derived intermediates produced biologically or catalytically to produce new polymeric materials. Polymer characterization and testing will also be essential. Demonstrated experience in polymer synthesis and design is crucial to this position.

These positions will be an integral part of a large, multidisciplinary team of biologists, chemists, and engineers conducting research towards improving biological and chemical processes to convert biomass-derived sugars and lignin intermediates to fuels and polymer precursors. A demonstrated publication record is essential.

Interested candidates should send a CV and a letter of interest to Gregg Beckham and should also please indicate which position(s) would be of interest.

Tenure Track Faculty Position
Georgia Institute of Technology
School of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Atlanta, GA 30332-0400

THE GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, SCHOOL OF CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position in the development of any aspect of chemistry or biochemistry related to feedstocks from renewable and sustainable sources. Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to, functional biomaterials, catalysis, energy harvesting and storage, efficient syntheses and processes, and plant bioengineering and synthetic biology. Opportunities for significant interaction with and support from the Renewable Bioproducts Institute at Georgia Tech ( will be available. Candidates with interdisciplinary research programs may be considered for joint appointments with other campus units.

Exceptional candidates at all levels are encouraged to apply. Assistant Professor candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, description of research plans, description of teaching interests and philosophy, and arrange for the submission of three letters of recommendation. Candidates at advanced levels should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references. All materials and requests for information should be submitted electronically, as per the instructions found at:

The application deadline is October 15, 2015, with application review continuing until the position is filled. Georgia Tech is an equal education/employment opportunity institution.

Postdoctoral Position–Phytobiome

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology of Plant Microbiomes
University of Minnesota

Our research group seeks to hire a post-doctoral assistant to study the native grass microbiome across a global platform of research sites.The successful applicant will work on an experimental project as part of a team of ecologists and evolutionary biologists spanning the University of Minnesota's departments of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior and Plant Pathology. The initial appointment is for one year with funds for renewal, to begin as soon as possible.

The scientific goal of this position is to examine the abiotic and biotic predictors and functional significance of fungal, bacterial, and viral symbionts of plant hosts, to determine the effects of within-community microbial interactions in structuring the endophytic plant microbiome, and to characterize plant microbiome effects on disease transmission. Experiments will encompass scales ranging from individual hosts and local host communities to regional and global bioclimatic and soil gradients. Projects will include quantification of bacterial, fungal, and viral communities within hosts using high-throughput sequencing and manipulative experiments in both the field and lab. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work with mathematical modelers to use empirically-derived parameter values and test predictive models. We are particularly interested in applicants with metagenomics or organismal expertise in microbial biology and training in community ecology or evolutionary biology. Successful applicants will have experience and ability in laboratory techniques necessary for high-throughput sequencing and quantitative skills for manipulating and analyzing metagenomic ecological or evolutionary datasets. In addition to metagenomic lab and data skills, we seek applicants with the capacity to work well with our research team of postdocs, graduate students, and PIs collaborating on elements of the project.

A conceptual overview of the larger project is described in Borer et al. 2013 (found at:

Questions about this position and the process for application should be addressed to Dr. Linda Kinkel,

Review of applications will begin ASAP.

AbbVie, Inc.

Master level scientists in Lake County, Chicago area.

Two positions open, one for a full-time ongoing position, the other for a 1-year appointment

Seeking a highly-motivated and experienced research scientist to join our Protein Sciences group at our corporate headquarters located in the Chicago area. Candidate will be working in a highly dynamic group to provide protein biochemistry support for a variety of small molecule programs across different therapeutic areas in discovery. The candidate should have extensive protein purification experience and be proficient in all standard bioprocess and chromatography techniques. Hands-on experience in molecular biology, protein expression, and protein characterization are also highly desirable. Experience with isotopic labeling for NMR studies is a plus.


  • Express and purify proteins to support programs for assay development, HTS screen, biophysical assays, and crystallization.
  • Critically QC protein reagents for different applications.
  • Closely work with project biology groups to understand project needs and design proper experiments.
  • Read literature to provide clone design ideas and other protein biochemistry suggestions.
  • Evaluate scientific literature critically and adopt novel technologies to facilitate research.
  • Work independently on the design, execution, and interpretation of experimental results.
  • Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled Qualifications BS or MS in molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, or other relevant biological sciences with 3+ years of experience.
  • Extensive experience in making recombinant proteins for assay development, biophysical studies and structural studies.
  • Good problem-solving skills, capable of finding innovative ways to overcome issues (i.e. solubility, purity, heterogeneity, yield) with challenging proteins.
  • Fermentation and molecular biology experience will be a strong plus.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to contribute in a multidisciplinary environment are essential.
  • Good record keeping and able to efficiently manage several projects simultaneously in a dynamic environment.


  • Continuous walking for prolonged periods (more than 2 hours at a time in an 8 hour day)


  • Full-time Shift: Day
  • Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

For more information search see the Abbvie careers page:

The applicant needs to be legally authorized to work in the USA without company’s sponsorship. AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott Laboratories. The company's mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to develop and market advanced therapies that address some of the world's most complex and serious diseases. AbbVie employs approximately 28,000 people worldwide and markets medicines in more than 170 countries.

Postdoctoral Scholar —The Pennsylvania State University, College of Information Sciences and Technology Department

The College of Information Sciences and Technology and the Applied Research Laboratory at The Pennsylvania State University are currently seeking candidates for a postdoctoral scholarship position in the Life Sciences. The job location is in the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area. The Scholars Program was designed to utilize mission-critical expertise possessed by highly qualified subject matter experts in DTRA’s mission to combat and respond to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation and use. Candidates should have a Ph.D. and a strong research background in one or more of the biologically-oriented physical sciences such as biochemistry, biophysics, molecular genetics, analytical chemistry, or environmental sciences. An interdisciplinary background is preferred, with primary or secondary training in radiochemistry or nuclear engineering.

The postdoc will serve as a subject matter expert for DTRA and will assist researchers seeking to expand DTRA’s understanding of the means by which the Life Sciences may be applied to solving the most daunting challenges associated with acquisition, proliferation, and use of WMD. Biochemical and biological materials and systems are uniquely suited to address shortfalls in extant c-WMD capabilities and may provide solutions to previously intractable problems. The successful applicant must be a US citizen capable of obtaining a security clearance, and be willing to re-locate to the Washington DC metropolitan area. The appointment will be for a one-year period with a possibility of renewal. Review of applications will begin on August 24, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled.

See the Penn State Job Listing for contact information.

Postdoc in Ecological Plant Transcriptomics and Microbiome Analysis

The Friesen Lab in the Department of Plant Biology at Michigan State University is seeking highly motivated individuals to contribute to data analysis and manuscript preparation for two funded projects investigating the transcriptomic connections linking plant-plant competition and plant-microbiome interactions in legumes (collaborative with Sharon Strauss at UC Davis) and grasses (collaborative with Sarah Evans, Lisa Tiemann, and Jim Cole at MSU). The legume project is focused on questions related to niche evolution and species coexistence while the grass project aims to understand plant-microbe resource exchange and nutrient cycling across diversity and fertility gradients.

Key qualifications include a strong statistical and computational background with the ability to ask creative questions. Familiarity with Illumina data and bioinformatics is desired but not essential–this could be a great opportunity for the right person to develop genomics expertise. Excellent communication and organizational skills are required along with a track record of timely publications. Funding is initially available for one year with renewal based upon performance. The successful applicant would be encouraged to develop independent lines of research in accordance with an individualized mentoring plan. The Friesen lab is located in the Molecular Plant Sciences Building which is designed to foster collaboration. Start date is flexible, ideally spring 2016 but earlier or later would be considered. Please send a ~1 page statement of interest, CV, and contact info for 3 references to . Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Maren L. Friesen
Assistant Professor
Dept. Plant Biology
Michigan State University
612 Wilson Rd.
East Lansing, MI USA 48824-6481

Undergraduate Research Assistant Position

Dr. Ishii's laboratory has an opening for an undergraduate research assistant beginning in the 2015 Fall semester. This position is expected to work 10-15 hours/week. Hours are flexible. Students are encouraged to apply to work-study fund.

We are seeking a highly-motivated and good-standing undergraduate student with basic microbiology/environmental science knowledge. The undergraduate research assistant will prepare media, operate bioreactors, collect samples, analyze metabolites, and perform DNA/RNA-based analysis. This position will also join outreach program to introduce his/her research to local high school students. This is a great opportunity to get in-lab experience that will help students to apply to scholarships and graduate schools.

Dr. Ishii is a member of the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate (CFANS) as well as BioTechnology Institute (CBS). Dr. Ishii’s laboratory is located in the Snyder Hall in the St. Paul campus. The lab studies the bioremediation of nitrogen and phosphorus from agricultural runoff water, carbon and nitrogen biogeochemistry, and ecology of human pathogens in various environments (e.g., soil, water, sediments).

Students interested in this position should contact Dr. Ishii directly at

University of Minnesota, Postdoctoral Position, Plant-Microbe Interactions

A postdoctoral position is immediately available for large-scale multiple genotypic/phenotypic analysis of Sinorhizobium sp. strains and to study their interaction with Medicago at the physiological, genomic and genetic levels. This project is part of the UMN Hapmap Project (

The postdoc will also have the opportunity to participate in the Sinorhizobium MegaGenome Sequencing Project. Appointment is for 1 year at 100% time, and is renewable for up to one year depending on progress and the availability of funds. Excellent benefits are provided. Applicants require a Ph.D. degree in microbiology, plant biology, molecular biology, or a related field. Familiarity with symbiotic systems is highly desirable.

Candidates should submit a cover letter indicating their interest in the position and detailing experience and past research success. Include a copy of your curriculum vitae and have three references submit letters attesting to your suitability for this position.

Send all information via email to:
Michael Sadowsky
BioTechnology Institute
University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Job Description

Date Posted: 7/10/2015
Job Title: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Job Term: Post-Doctoral
Salary Range: $80,000 – 90,000 per year
Organization: 9852, Biosciences, Biotechnology
Directorate: Physical and Life Sciences

Note: This is a two-year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years. Eligible candidates are recent PhDs within five years of the month of the degree award at time of the employment offer.


The Biosciences and Biotechnology Division of the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate has an opening for a Post Doctoral Research Staff Member to conduct research in the areas of microbiology, bacterial physiology and synthetic biology. This research will focus on bacterial physiological studies of how environmental bacteria sense and adapt to the environment during heavy metal exposure. Using a combination of synthetic biology, genomics and biochemistry, the candidate will conduct mechanistic studies of bacterial heavy metal resistance and develop bacterial biosensors for heavy metal ions. The purpose of this appointment is to promote cutting-edge science towards the ultimate goal of heavy metal bioremediation. This position requires the ability to work independently and a strong commitment to collaborative research.


  • Conduct research in synthetic biology towards the development of biosensors.
  • Conduct research in bacterial physiology in the area of bioremediation.
  • Investigate the physiological and molecular mechanisms in microbe-metal interactions.
  • Conduct systems biology research with a combination of omics, molecular biology and biochemistry approaches.
  • Publish completed research in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Maintain and establish laboratory protocols.
  • Work in a collaborative multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish goals.
  • Present research at national and international conferences.
  • Perform all assignments in accordance with ES&H, Security, and business practice requirements and polices.


  • Recent PhD in microbiology, bioengineering, geobiology, microbial physiology, genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, or related field.
  • Demonstrated understanding of concepts in bacterial physiology.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in bacterial genetics, genetic engineering and biochemical techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop independent research projects through publication of peer-reviewed manuscripts.
  • Demonstrated effective communication skills through presentation of seminars and meetings and/or teaching lectures.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills with desire and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Documented publication record.


  • Next generation sequencing and data analysis experience.
  • Sample preparation and electron microscopy experience.
  • Biogeochemistry knowledge.


  • Pre-Placement Medical Exam: None required.
  • Pre-Employment Drug Test: External applicants selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.
  • Anticipated Clearance Level: None.

    Please send CV to Dr. Yongqin Jiao at jiao1@llnl.go

Undergraduate research assistant position

University of Minnesota, Geomicrobiology
Posted 9/28/2015

The Santelli Geomicrobiology Lab is seeking a highly motivated undergraduate researcher to help study microbial community interactions with selenium in aerobic soils. The position would start spring semester 2016 or earlier. The student is expected to work 10-15 hours/week with flexible hours. Students are expected to apply to work-study funds, UROP, or other funding opportunities. Duties will include micro- and molecular biology laboratory research on projects examining the geomicrobiology of selenium-contaminated areas. There is also potential to perform fieldwork to collect soil samples for analysis. Laboratory research experience in biology, geomicrobiology, chemistry, soil science or a related field is desirable. Previous experience with molecular biology DNA techniques (DNA extraction, PCR, sequencing) or microbiology culturing are preferred, but not required. This position is an excellent fit for someone considering graduate study in geomicrobiology, soil science or environmental science, as there will be the opportunity to gain experience in a number of research areas and to co-author papers.

Dr. Santelli is a member of the Department of Earth Sciences and the BioTechnology Institute and MnDrive. The lab is located in Snyder Hall on the St. Paul campus.

For more information or to apply please contact Cara Santelli

Microbial Therapeutics

A position is immediately available for production of microbiota for transplantation therapy to treat and cure intestinal and other human diseases. Join an active group of University of Minnesota researchers and physicians to generate, quantify, and evaluate microbiota for use in transplantation therapy. Personnel will have to adhere to standard, pharmaceutical-like, GMP production methods and be able to interact with a variety of professionals, including industry.

Required: B.S. degree in Microbiology or Microbial Engineering and a commitment to exciting, ground breaking research. Applicants are expected to have strong core fundamentals that allow them to easily move across disciplinary boundaries. Applicants require excellent communication and writing skills, and attention to details.

Please send a cv, contact information and letter of application to Mr. Ray Cardin ( or Matt Hamilton (

2 US based and 2 German Based Support Specialists/ Computational Biology and Project Managers

We seek life scientists with experience in computational approaches to biological or medical questions and interest in project management and user interface design. US based will work out of the Madison (New Glarus), WI office and the German based will work out of our Munich office. Applicants for Munich must be fluent/native German speakers.

Your tasks
  • Responsibility for the generation of solutions for and with our customers. You will help to manage the collaboration between customers and our internal team of product managers, consultants and software developers.
  • Pre/Post-sales support of Biomax products
  • Webinar presentations and software demos
  • Requirements - analysis, planning, documentation, communication and monitoring with and for all tasks and stakeholders involved in the project.
  • Solution development and customer-specific configuration of Biomax products with a special focus on visualisation and usability for complex business processes.
Your profile
  • Life science related education (PhD/MD in Bioinformatics, Systems Biology, Biochemistry, Synthetic Biology or Medicine and experience with computational approaches)
  • Extensive experience with life science data types, formats, databases and data analysis methods preferably in a molecular biology, genetics or clinical environment
  • A strong plus is multi-year experience in life science project management and/or user interface design, ideally in statistical data analysis, knowledge management, sequence analysis or software development
  • Strong analytical capabilities and the ability to quickly adapt to new topics
  • Ability to work in but also lead a team, creativity and strong presentation skills
  • If you are interested in a highly diverse and dynamic, challenging and responsible position please email your CV and cover letter with the keyword “Support Specialist, Computational Biology and Project Management” to:

    Biomax Informatics Inc.
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    Luther College: Notice of two visiting professor positions in biology

    POSITION 1: Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, with expertise in developmental biology and anatomy (2-year, non-tenure track position; renewal for second year based on performance and college need).

    :POSITION 2: Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, with expertise in cell/molecular biology and genetics/genomics (3-year, non-tenure track; renewal for second and third year based on performance and college need).

    BEGINNING DATE: Late August 2015

    QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. required; teaching experience preferred, postdoctoral research a plus. Successful applicants will demonstrate potential for excellence in college teaching, and a commitment to the liberal arts.

    RESPONSIBILITIES: Teaching responsibilities of Position 1 include developmental biology, human anatomy, and participation in a team-taught introductory biology course (molecules/cells/genes). Teaching responsibilities of Position 2 may include genetics, cell biology, genomics, and participation in a team-taught introductory biology course (molecules/cells/genes). Both positions include possible opportunities to teach a non-majors course and to engage undergraduates in research. Full-time teaching load is spread over the fall, January and spring terms.

    STATEMENT ON DIVERSITY: Luther College is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives to create an academic community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity. Candidates are encouraged to identify their strengths or experiences that will contribute to this goal.

    APPLICATION INFORMATION: Review of applications begins February 2, 2015 and continues until positions are filled. Applicants’ dossiers will include:

    • cover letter describing interest in the position
    • curriculum vitae
    • statement of teaching philosophy, experiences, and interests
    • evidence of effective teaching (sample syllabi, other course materials), if available
    • unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts
    • three letters of recommendation (the college will send a link to letter writers to upload letters)

    Apply for Position 1 at

    Apply for Position 2 at

    INQUIRIES: Questions about the positions may be directed to Dr. Marian Kaehler, Biology Search Committee Chair, Department of Biology, Luther College, 700 College Drive, Decorah, IA, 52101; phone: (563) 387-1556; email: Additional information about the college is available by visiting the college website, and/or the departmental website Questions regarding the application process should be directed to

    Merck Research Laboratories Biocatalysis Group

    Merck Research Laboratories is expanding its Biocatalysis group beginning immediately. The expansion is expected to continue for the next two years.

    Merck is currently seeking candidates graduating this academic year as well as individuals graduating over the next two years.

    Two job postings are listed below: one for new PhD’s and postdocs, and a second, senior position for people already working in the field. Although no deadline has been posted for these positions, Merck expects to begin interviewing qualified candidates immediately.

    New PhD’s:

    People with additional work experience:


    Assistant Professor in Environmental/Soil Microbiology

    New Mexico State University

    I would like to call your attention to a position announcement from the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, New Mexico State University. It is a 12-month, tenure track position (Assistant Professor) in Environmental/Soil Microbiology. Given your expertise, you may be acquainted microbial ecologists (soil or environmental) in the market for an entry level tenure-track position. This is a great opportunity for an interactive scientist to work in a highly collaborative, team environment. The lab facilities are already equipped for molecular and culture work. The campus microscopy center and college instrumentation labs are one floor away. Field and natural areas for research can be found all over the state, providing rare access to fascinating terrestrial ecosystems right at our doorstep.

    Las Cruces is a lovely setting for individuals who enjoy scenic views and mild climate (a Google image search is instructive). Situated in the high desert, we enjoy 350 sunny days a year. During the hottest month (July) the average high/low is 94/69F and in the coldest month (January), the average max/min is 69/29F. The low humidity makes the full range of temperatures quite comfortable (a heat index of 96F here translates to 137F in the Midwest). Las Cruces has earned many accolades for other qualities as well, for example:

    • Best Small Metro Area for Business & Careers – Forbes/Milken Institute 2002-2005; 2011
    • Top 10 Best Performing Cities in the U.S. – Milken Institute, 2009, 2010
    • Top 25 Cities for Jobs – CNN Money, 2010
    • New Mexico ranked Best Domestic Tourist Destination by Global Traveler Magazine
    • #1 Farmers Market in New Mexico, #9 Nationally – America’s Favorite Farmers Markets, 2010
    • Ranked among top cities for retirement by CNN, 2005; Money Magazine, 2005; AARP Magazine, 2006, 2012; Where to Retire Magazine,2010
    • Top 10 Cities for Real Estate Steals – U.S. News & World Report, 2010
    • Most Secure Place to Live, Medium-Sized City – Farmers Insurance Group, 2006, 2007
    • Best Place to Live – Family Digest, Fall 2002

    Please forward the announcement to qualified candidates you may know. Applications are submitted online (by 12/31/2014). I thank you and look forward to reviewing many top-notch applications!

    For additional information contact:

    Jerry Sims
    Professor of Environmental Microbiology
    Department Head, Entomology Plant Pathology and Weed Science
    New Mexico State University


    Principal Radiation Biologist

    Humanetics Corporation, Minneapolis Minnesota

    Reports to: Director of Research and Development

    Humanetics is a privately held, clinical-stage pharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of proprietary pharmaceutical candidates. The Company has developed a diverse product portfolio and has ongoing R&D programs in the areas of medical radiation countermeasures, oncology, Alzheimer’s disease, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Established in 1988 the company is committed to the development of therapies in markets with urgent and unmet medical needs.

    Position Description: Leads the research and development of proprietary radiomodulator pharmaceutical candidates. Responsible for the design, development, initiation, execution, and implementation of pre-clinical and clinical research projects. Investigates the feasibility and therapeutic potential of candidate pharmaceutical products through the application of current scientific principles to research and development activities. Plays a significant role in managing government funded research projects and supporting regulatory approval efforts.

    Position Responsibilities:

    • Formulate project scopes, strategies, timelines, priorities, and critical path activities for pre-clinical and clinical research and development activities.
    • Identify and track project goals, manage project budgets including updates and plans, and coordinate problem solving within the team.
    • Design, review and critically analyze pre-clinical product research and development activities.
    • Submit invention disclosures and assist with patent filings.
    • Provide regularly scheduled written and oral communication of project status, goals and milestones to senior management.
    • Regularly present project status, critical scientific reviews, and issues for resolution to senior management.
    • Manage and coordinate activities with external vendors to ensure project timelines are met.
    • Ensure that all product development activities are compliant with current regulatory and quality guidelines (NCI, FDA, GMP, ICH, etc).
    • Maintain project documentation including meeting agendas, minutes, timelines, and presentations.
    • Prepare and submit grant and contract proposals to government agencies and other appropriate organizations.

    Basic Qualifications:

    BS/MS degree in Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, or Biochemistry with life science emphasis

    • Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathology.
    • 6-12 years of relevant experience with BS, 4-8 years experience with MS.
    • Experience designing and conducting pre-clinical animal research, including pre-clinical GLP studies.

    Desired/Preferred Qualifications:

    PhD in one of the disciplines listed above

    • Experience conducting pre-clinical research and development for pharmaceutical medical radiation countermeasures.
    • Knowledge of physiological tissue response to lethal and sub-lethal doses of radiation.
    • Minimum of 6 years in pharmaceutical research and development.
    • Demonstrated track record in preparing and obtaining external research and development grants and/or contracts.
    • Experience in commercial drug development from early to late stage.

    Inquiries or application materials (cover letter and curriculum vitae) are to be submitted to Michael D. Kaytor, Ph.D., Director of Research and Development, mkaytor(at)


    Post Doctoral Opportunity: NCAUR-ARS-USDA

    The Dien Lab at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization and Research has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral researcher with a solid process engineering background, some experience with engineering cost software, and knowledge of basic unit operations.

    Research will focus on lipid production by oleaginous yeast from lignocellulose and will emphasize techno-economic modeling and co-product development. Experience in lipids research or cultivating microorganisms would be preferred but is not necessary. An engineering degree is not required, especially if the person has expertise in lipids.

    The position will be open until filled and can be held open until the summer of next year. This is a Federal career position and therefore restricted to US citizens and green card holders.

    For more information please see the links below or contact:

    Job Description


    Bruce Dien, Ph.D.
    Biochemical Engineer
    1815 North University Street
    Peoria, IL 61604
    Emails: Bruce.Dien@ & Dien.Bruce@

    Gilead: Senior Research Associate I, Upstream Bioprocess Development

    Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company founded in 1987. Together we deliver life-saving therapies to patients in need. With the commitment and drive you bring to the workplace every day, you will be part of a team that is changing the world and helping millions of people live healthier, more fulfilling lives. Our worldwide staff of more than 6,300 people is a close community where you can see the tangible results of your contributions, where every individual matters, and everyone has a chance to enhance their skills through ongoing development. Our scientific focus has resulted in 16 marketed products that are benefitting hundreds of thousands of people, a pipeline of late-stage drug candidates and unmatched patient access programs to ensure medications are available to those who could otherwise not afford them. By joining Gilead, you will further our mission to address unmet medical needs and improve life by advancing the care of patients with life-threatening diseases.

    Responsibilities and skills required for this position:

    This individual will execute experiments to support routine cell culture process development for monoclonal antibody, recombinant protein, and novel platform programs. Activities will include clone selection, process optimization, characterization studies, manufacturing support, and technology transfer support. The successful candidate will contribute to experimental designs and interpret and present results of work in group meetings.

    Specific responsibilities:

    • Support upstream bioprocess development activities including clone selection, process optimization, & process characterization studies.
    • Collaborate with technical operations and biologics production teams to transfer process to and support pilot scale and clinical manufacturing upstream operations.
    • Contribute to written technical reports, present in group meetings, and work cross-functionally to achieve common goals.

    Required skills:

    • Hands-on laboratory operations such as shake flask, bench scale bioreactor, and pilot scale cultures as well as novel culture platforms.
    • Excellent communication, technical report writing, and presentation skills and aptitude for creative problem solving
    • Basic understanding of GMP manufacturing and large scale facilities
    • Strong organizational and planning skills.

    Essential duties and job functions:

    • Plans and executes assigned experiments that support Process Development activities and project goals.
    • Selects appropriate methods and techniques in performing experiments.
    • Recommends alternatives, researches new methods and techniques and proactively seeks out senior personnel to discuss potential solutions to problems.
    • Participates in group meetings. Presents results of work, interprets data, and draws conclusions regarding presented material and nature of work.
    • Demonstrates good verbal communication and interpersonal skills to provide insight into the processes used to achieve results of assigned tasks.
    • Demonstrates ability to recognize anomalous and inconsistent results and interpret experimental outcomes.
    • Develops skills in data analysis and ability to evaluate quality of data.
    • Works with collaborative communication and problem-solving spirit.
    • Always works with safety in mind

    Knowledge, experience, and skills:

    • 2+ years of experience with B.S. (or 0+ years of experience with M.S.) degree in a relevant scientific discipline.
    • Excellent writing, presenting, and interpersonal communication skills
    • Excellent problem solving and troubleshooting skills
    • Understanding of GMP manufacturing and large scale facilities

    CARGILL: Senior Enzymologist-WAY04839

    External Job Description:

    Cargill's Biotechnology Research and Development Group (Bio R&D) develops new products and improves processes for the food, feed, and industrial segments of Cargill. The Bio R&D group is a global R&D team that enables Cargill to fully benefit from advances in enzyme and microbial biotechnology.

    The Bio R&D Minneapolis, MN location has a primary focus on healthy food and feed ingredients, sustainable chemicals, and biobased materials, developing fermentation and enzymatic processes, and collaborating with other Cargill technical groups and businesses worldwide on opportunities in new product development, bioprocess development and optimization, and novel processes as an engine for growth.

    Position Overview:

    The Bio R&D group is hiring a Senior Enzymologist who will be responsible for supporting the expanding use of enzymes in Cargill businesses as well as identifying innovative opportunities to develop new products and processes using biocatalysis. The incumbent will be expected to develop experiments and assays that lead to an in-depth understanding of enzyme processes and their optimization. The incumbent will also support existing microbial metabolic engineering efforts and serve as in-house enzyme expert.

    The successful candidate will enjoy working on a variety of challenges and will have the leadership skills with the potential to be a thought leader in enzymology and protein chemistry.

    Principal Accountabilities:

    50% Conceptualize, design, plan and execute experiments to support the use of enzyme technology in food, feed, and industrial applications across Cargill. Provide biochemical enzyme expertise to metabolic engineering projects. Purify proteins for further study, manipulate and characterize proteins, and develop and conduct enzyme assays. collaborate across the global Biotechnology R&D team.

    25% Document and interpret experimental data. Prepare reports and presentations for both technical as well as business stakeholders. Transfer technology and knowledge across Cargill business units.

    15% Serve as a trusted advisor to key stakeholders in Cargill business units on the fundamental aspects of enzymes as applied in Cargill in processing applications as well as new product development.

    10% Identify new opportunities and their technical scope, and create project plans and timelines.

    External Job Qualifications:

    Required Qualifications:

    Ph.D. in a relevant discipline, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, or Microbiology AND a mimimun of 5 years industrial enzymology work experience OR M.S. Degree in a relevant discipline AND a minimum of 8 years industrial enzymology work experience

    • Demonstrated expertise in understanding and applying biocatalysis based on chemistry fundamentals
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, ability to communicate highly technical information to all levels
    • Demonstrated ability to independently design, execute, and report experiments, results, and conclusions
    • Experience working in multidisciplinary team setting with internal and external collaborators
    • Demonstrated organizational skills, and the ability to effectivley handle multiple priorities
    • Demonstrated commitment to a Safety focused culture
    • Ability to travel 10% - 20%

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience in cross functional collaboration, i.e. with specialists in other technical fields or with sales/marketing
    • Experience in enzyme assay development
    • Experience/background in applying enzymology knowledge to protein engineering or molecular biology
    • Experience in contributing to the development of business cases
    • Utilization of statistical experimental design
    • Experience in applying enzyme technology at pilot or manufacturing scale

    Location: United States>Minnesota>Minneapolis>Wayzata

    Job Category: Research and Development

    To view the position online, click here or click Jobs to consult the list of other positions currently available.

    Research Associates/Scientists/Senior Scientists needed for BioAg Research and Development Group


    Pioneer a brighter future

    When you join Novozymes, you’ll lead the way to create a brighter future. Your colleagues, who share the same goals and ambitions as you, will support you in realizing your full potential.


    Research Associate/Scientist/Senior Scientist

    Novozymes is ready to revolutionize biological solutions for agriculture. The BioAg alliance, strives to help farmers get more output from land while protecting the environment.This is an exciting opportunity to work in the Raleigh-Durham area. Our dedicated team is ready to get started!

    We are seeking scientists for the development of new microbe-based products

    in the areas of biofertility (microbial assisted yield responses due to nitrogen and phosphorus), biopesticides (control of pathogenic organisms e.g., insects, fungi, bacteria, weeds) and bio-yield enhancement (yield improvement in crops outside of N and P). Researchers would be involved in microbial discovery, microbial fermentation/recovery/formulation, or lab and field application studies to understand and optimize mode of action.

    Qualified candidates will possess a B.S./M.S./Ph.D. degree (degree and experience depending upon position) and research experience related to plants, soil, fungi, entomology, environmental microbiology, or chemistry and the application of microbes or fungi in an agricultural environment. Disciplines of interest include:

    • Microbiology (with an emphasis in plant-microbe interactions, microbial physiology of soil microbes, environmental microbiology, microbial diversity, or soil microbe isolation)
    • Plant physiology
    • Plant pathology
    • Soil ecology
    • Microbial fermentation
    • Biochemistry (with emphasis on metabolites involved in microbe/plant or microbe/pest relationships).

    Experience in discovery, development, fermentation and/or formulation of fungal and/or bacterial based products within a consumer or industrial product company is a strong asset.

    If interested, we invite you to visit our website and search for openings in the R&D department, Greater RTP location.


    Rethink tomorrow

    Explore Novozymes BioAg, a growing company that focuses on the research, production and sale of naturally occurring microorganisms. The BioAg group is committed to be the agricultural industry’s preferred supplier of biologically-based inoculants, growth enhancement, and pest control products. Our commitment to scientific excellence, superior product quality and outstanding brand value has made us the leading Agricultural Biologicals Company. Novozymes Biologicals is a subsidiary of Novozymes.

    Novozymes is the world leader in bioinnovation. Together with customers across a broad array of industries we create tomorrow’s industrial biosolutions, improving our customers’ business and the use of our planet’s resources. With over 700 products used in 130 countries, Novozymes’ bioinnovations improve industrial performance and safeguard the world’s resources by offering superior and sustainable solutions for tomorrow’s ever-changing marketplace.

    Novozymes is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All employment decisions are based on business needs without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, age, disability or veteran status.


    Arzeda - Metabolic Engineer


    Small Business Innovation Research Award

    This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II project focuses on the development of a high-yield fermentation route for the production of levulinic acid (LA). LA is one of the best-suited C5 building blocks for bio-refinery production due to higher value, broad applications, and likely quick adoption by the chemical industry. Success in this program will enable markets in excess of $25B/y. During Phase I, Arzeda has designed and experimentally validated the concept of a novel fermentation pathway for the production of LA. The focus of this Phase II work will be to transition from this technical proof-of-concept to the development of a lab-scale fermentation process. The limiting enzymatic steps in the designed pathway will first be optimized to reach levels of activity consistent with the flux/yield required for economical production. Variants of the designed pathway incorporating the original and optimized enzymes will subsequently be cloned into suitable fermentation organism(s). Using computational and experimental metabolic engineering tools, knock-out and knock-down mutations will be performed to further optimize flux/yield in the pathway while optimizing for host cell growth. This work represents the first commercial application of enzyme design to rationally engineer novel metabolic pathway that do not have any natural counterpart, bringing us closer to the dream of designer “cell factories”.

    Learn More at


    Position in Microbiology, University of Minnesota Duluth

    Application Deadline, February 1, 2015

    The University of Minnesota Duluth is seeking candidates at all ranks for a full-time faculty position that will be part of an interdisciplinary effort to create a microbiology cluster ( across the Swenson College of Science and Engineering (SCSE). An important aspect of this position will be interactions with the mining industries in northern Minnesota, as part of UMD’s new Initiative on Sustainable Mining, to help solve environmental or production issues.

    The position will be filled at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level in any department within the SCSE, with a research affiliation at the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI). The appointment will be 100% time over the nine-month academic year, and is a 50% research appointment, with research activities at NRRI.

    We encourage applications from early as well as mid-career faculty/scientists. The successful candidate will have opportunities to participate in disciplinary graduate programs as well as system-wide M.S. – PhD granting programs, such as Water Resources Science or Integrated Biosciences. Candidates will be evaluated according to the overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly work, demonstrated research excellence or research potential, evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, and strength of recommendations. Consideration of potential for excellence in research and teaching will be evaluated in early-career candidates.

    The University is interested in an individual whose record of scholarly achievement/excellence has been enhanced by exposure to a diverse workforce. We especially seek applications from women and candidates from groups underrepresented in science. We are committed to attracting candidates from diverse cultures and communities because we believe that diversity enriches the classroom and research experience at the University.

    Essential qualifications for appointment at a tenure-track level include Ph.D. (or equivalent experience) in microbiology, molecular biology, geology, water resources, or a related field, from a university with the equivalent of regional accreditation in the U.S. system by July 1, 2015; evidence of competitive research funding (university, government, or industry); teaching experience (TA or industry acceptable); and excellent written communication skills.

    Essential qualifications for appointment at a tenured level include Ph.D. (or equivalent) in microbiology, molecular biology, geology, water resources, or a related field, from a university with the equivalent of regional accreditation in the US system; minimum 5 years experience at an Assistant/Associate/Full Professor level in a university setting, or research team leader/manager level in an industrial setting; evidence of research abilities and productivity commensurate with the position rank (papers, presentations, training, or patents); evidence of an independent, externally funded research program, or similar success in an industry setting; teaching experience (university or industry training/workshops); excellent written communication skills; and evidence of ability to work with a diverse workforce and enhance the University’s commitment to diversity in cultures and communities.

    Applications will be submitted online via the University Employment System for tenure-track or for tenured position. Complete applications will be reviewed beginning 5 January 2015; all applications must be received by 1 February 2015.

    2014 Postings

    Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

    Job Description: Summer Internships

    We would like to inform you that applications are now being accepted for a graduate student summer internship at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of University Programs (OUP) in Washington, D.C. The intern will participate for 10-12 weeks in projects and activities carried out in support of the federal climate preparedness efforts.

    Detailed information about the internships, including a project description, eligibility requirements, and application information, can be found at: DHS Summer Internship

    BioAmber, Plymouth, MN

    Job Description: Research Intern, Biocatalyst Development

    Successful candidates will apply their knowledge and skills alongside other R&D staff to support BioAmber’s biocatalyst development program. A solid understanding of biochemistry, molecular biology and microbiology is required.


    • Perform laboratory tests and/or experiments, which may include various assays and basic molecular biology techniques (gene cloning, PCR, plasmid purification and transformation, etc.) following established procedures and protocols;
    • Sample cultures and prepare samples for further analysis;
    • Operate additional instruments including UV-vis, centrifuge, pH meter, analytical balance, incubator and laminar flow hood;
    • Prepare culture media, agar plates and other stock solutions;
    • Clean and autoclave process equipment and other instruments;
    • Perform necessary laboratory maintenance and housekeeping;
    • Comply with biohazards/chemical safety standards.


    • Completed at least 3 years of a BS program or currently working toward a MS in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Microbiology or related disciplines;
    • Thinks critically and creatively;
    • Strong organizational skills, with ability to execute multiple parallel projects with independence and without continuous supervision;
    • Attention to details with excellent record-keeping skills;
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
    • Working in a team-oriented environment;
    • Demonstrated ability to quickly learn and apply new concepts and techniques;
    • Ability to interpret experimental results to assess success of experiments;
    • Analyzing and developing solutions to problems; and
    • Demonstrated ability to work under strict timelines.

    How to apply: sign up at

    New England Biolabs

    Postdoctoral Fellowship – Gene Expression Division- Job Code 1042JS

    The Gene Expression Division invites applications for the position of postdoctoral fellow to focus on developing one or more unique platforms for enzyme engineering or directed evolution of enzyme function. Development of such engineering platforms will result in new products or new applications for existing NEB products.

    Required Qualifications:

    • Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or related field.
    • Experience with E. coli genetics, molecular cloning, enzymatic activity assays, protein engineering and protein purification.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Be goal oriented within a team framework with exceptional attention to detail
    • Be able to handle multiple projects simultaneously
    • Publication record demonstrating an innovative approach for enzyme design and/or evolution
    • Have “good hands” with proven bench skills

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience with protein structure determination
    • Experience with microfluidics or in vitro compartmentalization approaches

    This position offers exciting opportunities for broad research training, collaboration with academic institutions, publishing in peer-reviewed journals and participation in national and international conferences.

    New England Biolabs, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer Qualified candidates may apply online at

    James C. Samuelson, Ph.D.

    Senior Scientist
    Gene Expression Division
    New England Biolabs
    240 County Road
    Ipswich, MA 01938
    tel: 978-380-7288

    2013 Postings


    Research Position in Microbial Therapeutics

    A position is immediately available for production of microbiota for transplantation therapy to treat and cure intestinal and other human diseases. Join an active group of University of Minnesota researchers and physicians to generate, quantify, and evaluate microbiota for use in transplantation therapy. There is potential to do additional research, including metagenomic analyses, in microbiota therapeutics, a new field in Medicine. Personnel will have to adhere to standard, pharamceautical-like, GMP production methods and be able to interact with a variety of professionals, including industry.


    Fermentation Biotechnologist

    The Bio R&D is hiring a Research Biotechnologist who will be responsible for supporting the fermentation development and characterization of genetically engineered microbial strains within a broad range of applications. The Research Biotechnologist will complete fermentation development and strain evaluations with support of advanced analytical tools and have further access to advanced biochemical and molecular biology tools. The incumbent will be expected to design, execute, interpret, and disseminate data associated with the described work.


    Ph.D. Scientists (Entry Level) – Molecular Biologists

    DuPont, a Global Leader in Biotechnology is looking for Molecular Biologists to work in its CR&D Biochemical Sciences & Engineering division to develop biological routes for the production of industrial compounds, small molecules, and macromolecules via metabolic and protein engineering. The successful candidates will have expertise in relevant areas such as molecular biology, genetics, microbial metabolism and microbial physiology, a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or related field, at least two years of post-doctoral experience and a demonstrated record of productivity through multiple publications or patents.

    Ph.D. Engineers (Entry Level) – Bioprocess Engineers

    The DuPont Biochemical Sciences and Engineering group within Central Research and Development has an immediate opening for Biochemical Engineers with a strong background in process research and development. The position involves development of novel bioprocesses including fermentation based production via recombinant strains and product recovery at lab through pilot scales. Successful applicants will have excellent communication, project management, and leadership skills as well as strong theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience in one or more areas including bioreactor design, fermentation optimization, and downstream separations/purification design. The position also requires conceptual design and experimental validation of fermentation-based processes within a collaborative and multidisciplinary team of molecular biologists, biochemists, and engineers.

    Ph.D. Scientists (Entry Level) – Biochemistry

    DuPont, a Global Leader in Biotechnology is looking for Biochemists to work in its CR&D Biochemical Sciences & Engineering division to develop biocatalytic routes for the production of industrial compounds, small molecules, and macromolecules via metabolic engineering or in vitro biocatalysis and protein engineering. The successful candidates will have expertise in relevant areas such as microbial metabolism, enzymology or metabolomics, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Chemistry or related field, at least two years of post-doctoral experience and a demonstrated record of productivity through multiple publications or patents.

    Ph.D. Engineers (Entry Level) – Fermentation Engineers

    DuPont Central Research and Development has an immediate opening for Biochemical Engineers with a strong background in fermentation based process research and development. Successful applicants will have excellent communication, project management, and leadership skills as well as strong theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience in one or more areas including metabolic engineering, systems biology, bioreactor design, fermentation optimization, and fermentation scale-up. The position also requires conceptual design and experimental validation of fermentation-based processes within a collaborative and multidisciplinary team of molecular biologists, biochemists, and engineers.


    Process Development Rotation Program (PDRP)

    We are currently recruiting for positions in the Process Development Rotation Program (PDRP) in U.S. Biologics Technical Development at South San Francisco, CA to begin employment in either February or August 2014. Associates will experience four six-month assignments over the course of two years in different areas within the U.S. Biologics Technical Development organization. At the end of this two-year period, each associate will transition into a position within a specifi c area in U.S. Biologics Technical Development

    U.S. Biologics Technical Development Co-op and Intern Program

    We are currently recruiting for positions in the USBTD Co-op and Intern Program for our South San Francisco, CA headquarters. Six-month co-op positions will begin in January 2014 and July 2014, and three-month internships will begin in May/June 2014.